June Jones inaugural season as the head coach of Southern Methodist is coming to an end this week with the Mustangs hosting Southern Mississippi in the season finale for the home team.
Jones held his weekly press conference here Monday morning and it's obvious that he and his staff is approaching Saturday's last game as they did the first season opener against Rice, despite a 1-10 season record.
"We are going to approach this game we have all of our games, like we did against Rice, it's our goal to go out and get a win," Jones said. "It's not hard to get pumped up to play the game of football."
Jones explained that he was proud of how his team has stayed positive throughout the season and he is looking for continued improvement in the season finale.
"I have been proud of our guys the entire season," Jones said. "They haven't quit, they believe in what we are doing. I want them to play hard and do what we ask them to do. We have stayed together, we need to fight our way out of this and find a way to get a win."
Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell took first team reps today and Jones feels that he will be ready to play on Saturday.
"He took all of his regular snaps today," Jones said. "He said his shoulder was feeling much better after a few days off."
Jones and his team had its second bye week last week, the team concentrated on fundamentals and doing the things they do every week on offense and defense.
"We don't sway from the course," Jones said. "We do what we do everyday. We went against each other a couple extra days. Our guys work hard, that's never been a problem, and they know we are going to get this thing turned around, it's not a matter of if, and it's a matter of when."
Jones admitted that his team will have to play a great game to get a win in their final attempt Saturday.
"Southern Miss has three of the best offensive players we have faced all year," Jones said. "Their quarterback, wide receiver and running back are all great players. That freshman wide receiver is a big time guy, and a big time play maker."